History of the Field

George Gerbner Papers

Personal correspondence, research and administrative materials, reports, publications, news clippings, photographs, and memorabilia related to George Gerbner (1916-2006) and his work as a world-renowned media scholar and dean of the Annenberg School for Communication (1964-1989). The collection is rich in material concerning the Cultural Indicators Project, Gerbner’s pioneering analysis of television violence and cultivation theory, and the Cultural Environment Movement, a media advocacy organization founded by Gerbner in 1991. The George Gerbner Papers are available here.

Elihu Katz Papers

Materials documenting the scholarly and professional activities of renowned American-Israeli sociologist and media scholar Elihu Katz, who has made substantial contributions in the areas of media effects, diffusion, uses and gratifications and reception, and media events. The collection is comprised of his work at the Guttman Institute of Applied Social Research, and at the two Annenberg Schools (University of Southern California and University of Pennsylvania). Materials pertaining to the University of Chicago, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Israel Broadcasting Authority are also present to a lesser extent. Includes correspondence; drafts of talks, papers, articles, and books; research notes; conference materials; teaching materials and course documents; public opinion studies and reports; Israeli broadcasting materials; and biographical documents. The Elihu Katz Papers can be accessed here.

International Communication Association Papers

Originally established in 1950 as the National Society for the Study of Communication, the International Communication Association (ICA) has grown to be the largest worldwide academic organization devoted to the systematic study of communication. The collection is composed primarily of administrative records created and/or collected by various officers from 1946 to 2016, and serves to document the association’s development over the years. Materials include correspondence, board meeting minutes and reports, bylaws and constitutions, conference proceedings, division records, financial records, membership records, and publication records. The International Communication Association records can be accessed here.

Communication Scholars Oral History Project

The Oral History Project consists of thorough, multi-session interviews with key figures in the field, spanning the scholars’ life histories and intellectual contributions. These interviews can be viewed/listened to in their entirety and are accompanied by full transcripts.

Charles R. Wright (1927–2017)
Klaus Krippendorff (1932- ) [coming soon]
Monroe Price (1938- ) [coming soon]


Studies in Visual Communication             

Facsimile full text of the entire run (1974-1985) of the groundbreaking journal that defined the field of visual communication.

History of Communication Research Bibliography & Archival Directory

Contains over 2200 English-language works and 200 archival collections on the history of communication, media, and film studies held by libraries around the world. The bibliography can be accessed here and the archive database accessed here.


Coming Soon

  • Kurt and Gladys Lang Papers
  • HBO Oral History Project